Middletown boutique features jewelry, candles, soaps and Polish pottery

The co-owners of The Red Geranium gift boutique said they enjoy the atmosphere of downtown Middletown and that’s why they moved to their new store at 19 W. Main St. about six months ago.

“We chose the location because of the vibe of Main Street and all of the new opportunities Main Street has to offer,” said Trish Booth, who has co-owned the business along with her mother, Yvonne Blevins, for nearly two years.

They said Small Business Saturday is a showcase for locally-owned stores and boutiques.

“American Express does a great job marketing the ‘shop small’ movement and it gets people that normally do not shop small to come out excited,” said Trish. “We have a dedicated clientele that also comes out to say, ‘We are here and support you today and throughout year.’ It is a great boost for shop owners economically of course, but more importantly a boost to their morale to see people come out for an event dedicated to their mission.”

Booth said The Red Geranium specializes in hand-painted Polish pottery.

“It is coined as usable art, which means it is beautiful to the eye, but meant to be used every day,” she said.

Blevins said some of the other items the store will be featuring on Small Business Saturday include Black Crow scented candles made by a small business and “environmentally-friendly” necklaces by The Artist Jay.

“The necklaces are made out recycled metal and they’re really beautiful,” said Blevins. “We’re also proud to offer gifts for veterans from Duke Cannon – a variety of patriotic items.”

The business also sells a full line of home décor, soaps and many locally-made products.

Booth and Blevins said although Middletown has grown by leaps and bounds, it still has the small-town feel when you shop at small businesses.

“We know many of our customers by name,” said Booth. “We enjoy not only providing them a service, but getting to know them as part of our community.”

She said another advantage of The Red Geranium is that most of the lines they carry are only available at boutiques and not at large retail outlets.

“Shopping small provides unique shopping experiences, friendly, personal service and support of local, family-owned businesses,” said Booth. “There are many ups and downs to owning a small business. It is a roller coaster ride for sure, but Small Business Saturday reassures us to keep the faith – that the community is there for us.”

Store hours on Small Business Saturday are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.